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Friday, September 30, 2011

KISS: Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer On Pop Candies TV (Video)

KISS is currently in the studio recording their 20th album, entitled "Monster". The album is set for a spring 2012 release.

Both Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer will sing lead vocals on the new album.

But inbetween recording sessions the guys have some time off. Here they are caught on tape in West Hollywood the other day.

Alice Cooper: New Video Interview From Australia

Shock rock legend Alice Cooper dropped into Triple M Melbourne during his Australia tour recently and when it comes to tales of sex, drugs and rock n' roll he always says this: "Everything you've heard about me or Iggy Pop or Rob Zombie is about 40 per cent true. Everything you've heard about The Who's Keith Moon is 100 per cent true. And you've only heard 10 per cent of it because he was the ultimate maniac."

Check out the video below: 

Megadeth: "TH1RT3EN"; Track By Track By David Ellefson; 3 Songs Available

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson gave a track-by-track breakdown of the band's new album, "TH1RT3EN", which will be released on November 1st. A couple of excerpts follow below.

"Sudden Death":

Ellefson: "This is a track that was being worked on when I rejoined the band. I came in on a Friday, I played my part on a Saturday, and on Monday we put out the press release that I was back in Megadeth. So this song represents a real homecoming for me. Musically, I wanted to combine a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and a thrash style in my bass playing. There's some great rhythmic work going on, particularly in the intro, and the riff, especially towards the end, gives me a chance to move up an octave and create tension underneath the guitars. All by itself, it's a very exciting song. But when I think about what it represents, it's deep on an emotional level."

"Public Enemy No. 1":

Ellefson: "We started writing this song during a soundcheck in Croatia last year, and we finished it in Vienna, Austria a short while later. Funnily enough, earlier this year we wrote another song on the record called'Never Dead' in the same venue in Austria. So that place has magic in it. Again, it's another New Wave Of British Heavy Metal-type song, at least as far as what I do. I loved the early Def Leppard records, and I'm copping a bit of a Rick Savage bass approach on it. I really tried to write around the vocals. I love to hear as much of the band, especially the vocals, when I record a bass part. As a player, I want to be the mortar between the blocks that glue the building together. Once the vocal melody developed, Johnny [K, producer] and I worked with Dave [Mustaine, guitar/vocals], and that allowed me to put down a strong bass part. It was a fun way to record. I had a lot of note choices available to me, and there's a cool moving bassline in the B section of the verse as well as the chorus. As a listener, none of that matters, but hopefully, you'll feel the song jump."

"Never Dead":

Ellefson: "When Dave first played me this riff, I was floored. It was so violent and in your face, it reminded me of the 'Peace Sells' album. In particular, it sounded a little like 'Good Mourning/Black Friday', but in a great new way. I loved it. What's funny is, Dave forgot about it for a while. We got together earlier this year to work on some stuff, and I reminded him about this one, and he couldn't remember it. Fortunately, he had recorded it on his BlackBerry, so he was able to find it. As soon as we all started playing it for real, we were like four little kids jumping around a room. It's such a strong riff. It's so huge, you can't help but get crazy when you hear it."

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Megadeth filmed the "Public Enemy No. 1" video on September 17 in Santa Clarita, California. The clip was shot on a movie set where old Westerns are filmed.

"TH1RT3EN" was recorded at Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine'sVic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California with producer Johnny K(full name: John Karkazis), who has previously worked with Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head and Stained, among others. The artwork was once again created by artist John Lorenzi, who worked on the last two Megadeth`s studio albums, 2007's "United Abominations" and 2009's "Endgame", as well as the band's 2007 box set, "Warchest".

"TH1RT3EN" marks the recorded return of bassist David Ellefson who was part of the band's classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that delighted the band's legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing live with Megadeth in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage ever since. This is the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002's "Rude Awakening".

Iron Maiden: "On Board Flight 666"; Photo Book Out October 20th; Pre-View Available

John McMurtrie's hardback glossy photo documentary «On Board Flight 666» will be published by Orion Books on October 20th. Thousands of Maiden fans took advantage of the sneak peek offered at John's exclusive preview of specially selected shots at the BME in The O2 last month, which hopefully whetted the appetite to discover more about this extensive pictorial odyssey of Maiden's last two ground-breaking World Tours!

The book is now being printed and will be published initially in the UK and is a great reminder and keepsake of the journey that the whole Maiden family - band, fans, Killer Krew and John - have been on together since Ed Force One initially soared into the skies back in Jan 2008 at the start of the Somewhere Back In Time Tour.

The lavishly illustrated «On Board Flight 666» is the first and only book to closely document all those intimate and behind-the-scenes moments, both on and off stage, in over 600 photos, many with explanatory text.  In fact, John's access-all-areas coverage of the band is so all-encompassing that even Bruce admits in his foreword that  "...if it's not in here, it probably never happened!".  

Click here to download an 18 page preview of this book.

Voivod: In Pre-Production For New Album

Canadian metal innovators Voivod are continuing to write and demo new material for their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2012. The follow-up to 2009's "Infini" will contain the band's first music to be written with new guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain (Martyr) following the passing of original axeman Denis "Piggy" D'Amour in 2005.

According to a posting on the Voivod Facebook page, "the guys are recording a couple of news songs at their rehearsal spot. Expect something in the vein of 'Nothingface' with some elements from the other albums. It will be a classic Voivod album."

Regarding what the new Voivod songs sound like, Mongrain said in a recent interview, "As a Voivod fan since I am 12 years old and early rise of Voivod in late '80s and everything, I think… I'm in conflict of interest right now. [Laughs] I like the old stuff as much as the new stuff, so I think it's a blend of everything. It's really a team work and Blacky[Jean-Yves Thériault] is back on the 'blower bass' - he's got the original sound - and we're having a blast jamming, improvising and writing. I think it's working pretty good."

On the topic of the lyrical themes covered in the new Voivod tracks, singer Denis "Snake" Bélanger said, "The song we played [on the recent European tour] ['Kaleidos'; see video below] is about conspiracy involving drugs and the FBI… [Laughs] It's hard to describe because we're kind of early in the process. There's another song called 'Target Earth', which is more like a spacy, conspiracy, controlling the information around the world. The main thing is the 'war' of information. You know, somebody Osama Bin Laden is dead, someone [else] says he's not… It gets to a point where everybody has his own story and nobody is sure what the truth is. There's people above everything controlling the information."

In a recent interview with, Away stated about Voivod's forthcoming studio album, "We have four songs completed and about five other ones in progress and it's more in the progressive metal vein, so it's reminiscent of the 'Dimension Hatross' era. We hope to record in the fall and have a new album out in the spring of 2012, so before the end of the world."On the topic of the new Voivod live album, "Warriors Of Ice", featuring three-fourths of the band's classic lineup - Langevin, bassistJean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault and vocalist Denis "Snake" Bélanger - along with Mongrain, Away said, "I feel like it's an achievement because there was a point where we weren't sure if there was going to be a new Voivod album. It's not a studio album but still something we're very proud of. It's good vintage Voivod. . . There was never really a live album with Snake and Blacky since the one before was us as a trio with [ex-bassist/vocalist] Eric Forrest. So, yeah, it's refreshing to have an album with almost the original lineup involved."

Regarding upcoming Voivod releases, Away stated, "There are no professional [unreleased] recordings in the vaults [with late Voivod guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour], but we are re-releasing a few albums in the upcoming months with bonus live material from the '80s."

Voivod 2011 is:

Denis "Snake" Bélanger - Vocals
Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain - Guitar
Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault - Bass
Michel "Away" Langevin - Drums 

Aerosmith: "The Ultimate Illustrated History"; New Book Out Now

Aerosmith - The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Boston Bad Boys By Richard Bienstock
9.5 x 11.125, Hardcover, 224 pages 250 color & 150 b/w photos $35.00 / 39.00 CAN / £20.00

For over 40 years, Aerosmith delivered flat-out, four-on-the-floor blues-based rock unlike any band before. Referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston," they combined memorable songwriting with a showmanship unlike any band on the planet.

Forty-plus years later, the band holds a spot in the rarified air of American rock royalty as one of the greatest - and most mercurial - rock 'n' roll bands of all-time. 

This massive, illustrated celebration is the first of its kind to provide a front-row seat to the Boston Bad Boys' entire career: scrapping their way cross-country in the 1970s, scrapping their way back to the top of the heap in the late 1980s, and scrapping with each other the entire way. Music journalist Richard Bienstock's lively history of the band's rise, fall, and rebirth is illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and collectibles, including gig posters, backstage passes, ticket stubs, 7-inch picture sleeves, and vintage T-shirts. 

Aerosmith also includes an extensive discography and assessments of each of the band's studio albums, written by such distinguished rock scribes as Daniel Bukszpan, Neil Daniels, Chuck Eddy, Bill Holdship, Greg Kot, Martin Popoff, Bud Scoppa, Phil Sutcliffe, and Jaan Uhelszki. The result is a visually stunning portrait of the band many have called America's best.

Get your copy on thislocation.

Doro Pesch: New 50 Min Audio Interview Available

Wykked Wytch vocalist Ipek conducted an interview with German "metal queen" Doro Pesch on the September 15, 2011 edition of "Wytching Hour" show on Metal Messiah Radio. You can now listen to the 50 minute chat below.

In conjunction with the Stateside release of the mammoth "25 Years In Rock" 2 DVD/CD set, Doro performed two special shows in New York City on September 9 and Chicago on September 11. Both nights included clips from the DVD, limited edition merchandise and an autograph session followed by a performance by the metal queen herself.

Released in Europe late last year (also via Nuclear Blast), the epic "25 Years In Rock" two-DVD/CD set includes Doro's 25-year anniversary show in its entirety as well as clips from her 2,500th concert and so much more.

"Fear No Evil", the latest album from Pesch, was made available in North America in June 2009 via AFM/Dismanic/Ryko Distribution.

Released in Europe in January 2009 via AFM Records, "Fear No Evil"entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 11. This was the highest chart entry for Doro in her home country in almost 20 years.

"3 Guitar Heroes" Tour Postphoned; Leslie West Explains

The previously announced "3 Guitar Heroes" tour featuring Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West has been postponed until early 2012 due to West's recent partial leg amputation.

West has released the following statement regarding the tour postponement:

West has issued the following official statement: "To everyone involved on this tour. I am very sad today. I was so hoping this would happen. Everyone worked so hard, and it would have been FUN. Yeah, I wanted it to be fun. Unfortunately it was not being able to climb stairs, go to a simple thing like a bathroom on a tour bus, which is tight for a normal person, let alone me. I start training with my new leg Wednesday, so I can get back to a normal life.

"I do hope that everyone would consider doing West coast to East after NAMM. Bob [West's manager Bob Ringe] and Wayne [Forte at booking agency Entourage Talent Associates] think this is possible.

"If you guys think you would want to do this, I will work that much harder to learn to walk, which I will do anyway, but thought I would throw this in there."

West's leg was removed in late June just above the knee due to complications from diabetes. "I cried a couple fuckin' times," he "You still feel the nerves and stuff like that. I had to make a decision — lose my leg or lose my life. What are you gonna do? But I'll tell you, it's a good thing it wasn't one of my arms. Then I'd be really fucked."

West's manager Bob Ringe was the mastermind behind the "3 Guitar Heroes" tour, and there are some very special surprises for this excursion. Following sets by each artist, the evening will climax with a jam of these highly influential artists on stage together, with special guests earmarked to join them in most markets, including Dean Guitars CEO,Elliott "Dean" Rubinson, who will be the tour bassist for bothSchenker and Roth. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sebastian Bach: Talks "Kicking & Screaming" In New Video Interview; Album Streaming on Spotify

Artisan News recently conducted an interview with former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach about his new solo album, "Kicking & Screaming". You can now watch the chat below.

"Kicking & Screaming" was released on September 27 via Frontiers Records. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette and features young virtuosic guitaristNick Sterling and drum pro Bobby Jarzombek. The follow-up to 2007's "Angel Down" was mastered atPrecision Mastering in Los Angeles with Tom Baker.

Bach stated about his new solo material, "This CD will follow along the lines of 'Skid Row', 'Slave To The Grind', 'Subhuman Race' and'Angel Down'. If you like rockin' guitar riffs, high-energy songs and performances, deadly drums of doom, and ear-shattering screams, we got your rock right here!" He also described the songs as "heavy, interesting, classic sounding, modern sounding, completely rock 'n' roll - just how we like it!"

The album is streaming on Spotify: Sebastian Bach – Kicking & Screaming

Whitesnake: "Box O` Snakes"; Art Work Revealed

EMI has set a November 7 release date for a new Whitesnake box set entitled "Box O'Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982". The set will contain eight CDs (every studio and live album recorded for the EMIlabel), one DVD (include a Washington 1980 show, the promotional singles from 1978-1982 and BBC TV performances), a limited-edition seven-inch single and a 90-page book with new interview and previously unseen photos. 

Find the track listing here.

Scorpions: "Comeblack"; Art work Revealed

German hard rock veterans Scorpions will release "Comeblack", a collection of re-recorded versions of the band's classics songs, on November 4th via Sony. The effort will be made available as a CD and on double vinyl.

In a recent interview with, Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine stated about the group's future plans, "Our newest project comes out in the next few months. It gives you a chance to experience the Scorpions in 3D. You can actually feel the smoke string out of the guitar like it is a live show. It is an incredible experience. The DVD features our concerts in 3D in Germany. We are just about to do the mix and it should be in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia hopefully soon. Indeed, the strong 3D technology makes us feel like pioneers after all these years. (Laughs) We have an album coming out later this year featuring classics. You know our love for them. The '60s was the era for our inspiration. Our movie/documentary also is soon to be released. We have cameras with us on tours, so this documentary is being made during or tours. It also gives you a picture of the Scorpions career and journey."

Steve Hackett: "Beyond the Shrouded Horizon" Streaming Online

Today sees the release of the highly anticipated new studio album from legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Hackett. Entitled «Beyond the Shrouded Horizon», the album is a deeply profound and mystical, yet heartfelt and spellbinding, progressive rock record which will seduce the listener. It marks another step on the enthralling journey we are taking with Hackett as he makes sense of his life through music. The album strikes a joyous note while remaining a fascinating and deeply personal affair. 

As Hackett says: "For all you restless souls out there, tighten your seatbelts and join me at full throttle on a ride from the shores of Loch Lomond to the Rings of Saturn." Coinciding with the release of "Beyond the Shrouded Horizon",, the only home of Guitar World Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of the first disc of the album.

«Beyond the Shrouded Horizon» Track Listing: 
    1. Loch Lomond
    2. The Phoenix Flown
    3. Wanderlust
    4. Til These Eyes
    5. Prairie Angel
    6. A Place Called Freedom
    7. Between The Sunset And The Coconut Palms
    8. Waking To Life
    9. Two Faces Of Cairo
    10. Looking For Fantasy
    11. Summer's Breath
    12. Catwalk
    13. Turn This Island Earth

    Bonus CD:
    1. Four Winds: North
    2. Four Winds: South
    3. Four Winds: East
    4. Four Winds: West
    5. Pieds En L'Air
    6. She Said Maybe
    7. Enter The Night
    8. Eruption: Tommy
    9. Reconditioned Nightmare.

Steven Tyler Performs "It Feels So Good" in Las Vegas

Video footage of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's performance the iHeart Radio festival in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 24 can be seen below. Tyler was joined on stage by Jeff Beck and Damon Johnson on guitar, Randy Jackson on bass, Tal Wilkenfeld on bass and Marti Frederiksen on drums.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Carmine Appice, Brian Tichy Featured in iDrum Online Mag

iDrum is back with a packed fourth issue full of exciting video interviews, plus a host of product reviews and of course tuition to inspire every drummer, beginner or advanced.

Carmine Appice - the legendary drummer renowned for his showmanship talks to Stuart Bull about his work with Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Beck and Ozzy Osborne, among many. Carmine recalls recording sessions and the evolution of his drum kit in this exclusive interview.

In April 2011 Las Vegas saw a stellar line up of drummers get together for the first annual John Wackerman Drum Festival. Exhibiting their skills were Chester Thompson, Thomas Pridgen, Kit Chatham, Chad Wackerman and John Wackerman.

Other featured interviews include Bonobo's Jack Baker, the evergreenBrian Tichy who is currently touring with Whitesnake and the legendary Roy Burns, drummer, educator, historian, innovator and industry figure following his involvement with Aquarian drumhead company.

There are over thirty pages of product reviews where you can not only read what the reviewer thought of the product, but also watch videos of the products being put through their paces and hear what they sound like. Products covered in this issue include, Korg Wavedrum, Natal Ash Kit, Sonor Select Force Drums and Gavin Harrison Special Edition snare, Traps E500 e-kit, Meinl Classic Custom Cymbals, Sabian Omni Cymbals, Zildjian Chinas, Remo Powerstroke Pro Heads and Rhythm Tech Hat Trick G2 tambourines.

There is a whole host of CD and DVD reviews covering all musical tastes complete with links so you can easily find out more. Then there is the Tech Sessions — full of inspirational drumming tuition to test and improve your skills, broaden your palette, and develop your style. The Jungle Drummer looks at left arm workouts with Double Snare Drum ideas,Jamie Borden takes 3-Note Groupings to another level, Pete Lockettexplores Grooves From Odd Units and Pat Garvey takes a closer look at Double Kick Based Groove Construction. Plus Ed Williams get funky with various hi-hat accents, Tom Chapman continues his introduction to the Cajon and special guest Peter Retzlaff talks about developing speed and swing with a tech session from Hudson Music's Baby Steps to Giant steps.

iDrum brings you the complete experience, interviews, features, reviews and tuition, all of which is totally interactive and FREE!

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Accept: Working on New Album; To Be Released Spring 2012

Following the tremendous success of Accept's comeback album, "Blood Of The Nations", and accompanying world tour - which consisted of more than 180 shows around the globe - the reformed heavy metal legends have now withdrawn from the stage to start work on their next CD.

The band is currently writing material for its new LP, which will be released in the spring of 2012 and will once again be helmed by British producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth,Exodus,Nevermore, Arch Enemy).

Commented Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffman: "Accept and Andy Sneap have the perfect synergy. This was so clear with 'Blood Of The Nations' and we are excited to continue on that path. Andy is not only an amazing and prolific producer but also a very good friend who has long become a member of the Accept family."

Accept's July 15th performance at this year's edition of the «Bang Your Head!!!» festival in Balingen, Germany filmed for a future DVD release. The concert marked the band's return to a five-piece format after the group spent a couple of months touring as a quartet due to the fact that guitarist Herman Frank suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in a stage fall on May 6th in San Antonio.

Accept 2011 is:

Wolf Hoffmann: Guitar
Peter Baltes: Bass
Herman Frank: Guitar
Mark Tornillo: Vocals
Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums

Steven Tyler Joined by Jeff Beck and Sting On Stage in Las Vegas(Video)

Steven Tyler was quite the popular ringleader last weekend when he hit the stage of Las Vegas’ MGM Grand to rock the iHeartRadio festival, a star-studded two-day bash marking the launch of the new iHeartRadio application. He was joined during his sets by a string of all-star collaborators, including Jeff Beck and sultry ‘X Factor’ judge Nicole Scherzinger.

Tyler performed four songs with Jeff Beck, including covers of the Kinks ‘ ‘You Really Got Me’ and Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).’ That second tune also featured original Family Stone member Cynthia Robinson, who raised the roof with her surprise appearance (on a potentially sad side note, reports suggest reclusive Family Stone legend and namesake Sly Stallone is homeless and living in a van in Los Angeles).

After the success of their performance, could another Beck/Tyler collaboration be in the pair’s future? “The rest is yet to reveal,” Tyler told “If I had my way, I’d say yes. We did ‘Cry Me a River’ and an Etta James song. [We] went to rehearsal to learn these four songs. Two we knew and we just wound up filling in the breaks with all kinds of crazy stuff.”
For his part, Beck was stoked to share the stage with the Aerosmith singer. “Big gigs are not my thing for the sound purposes, but when you’ve got [Tyler] there he carries the weight, 100 percent,” Beck said. “I enjoyed the fact that everybody was digging what he was doing, so my job was a lot easier.”
Sting joined Tyler for a rousing rendition of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” that kicked off the second night, and Scherzinger followed for a take on his solo hit, ‘Feels So Good.’ Despite reports that Tyler was annoyed with his original placement on the bill (he wouldn’t say exactly where he was supposed to be), leading off the show turned out to be the perfect slot. “When you know you’re gonna slam ass you go on first,” Beck raved. “I love the way you’re thinking.”
Meanwhile, backstage in Vegas, Tyler backed up Aerosmith bassist Todd Hamilton’s recent claim that the band is eying a spring 2012 release for its next album. “Two months [recording] and we’re almost there,” Tyler said. “We’re gonna spend another month [recording] in Los Angeles … [it'll be out by] March, hopefully.”

Ozzy Osbourne: "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" On DVD in November

We've got something for all your early bird holiday shoppers. Forget the hell that is Black Friday on November 25th and head out to the mall early on Nov. 15th to nab a copy of «God Bless Ozzy Osbourne» 'on DVD for the metalhead in your life. Avoid the long lines and chaos of Black Friday! Or be greedy and buy it for yourself.

'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne' was shot by Ozzy's youngest child and son, Jack Osbourne, over the course of three years. It tells the story of Ozzy through Jack's perspective and black spectacles.

Topics like his Black Sabbath career, first marriage, fame and drug addiction are tackled in the film. Fans also see the family man side of the Prince of Darkness.

Motörhead: Entire Rock in Rio 2011 Show Posted Online (70 Min)

Motörhead played Rock In Rio 4 on Sunday, and video of the band’s full set has surfaced

The metal legends played on a bill headlined by Metallica, that also featured Slipknot, Coheed & Cambria, and Brazilian rockers Gloria.

Motorhead have been touring all year in support of their latest album, “
The World Is Yours,” and they’re not done…after Rio, the band has shows booked to the end of 2011.

The Rio fest – which kicked off Friday - is being streamed online so fans around the world can tune in to check out the action.


Rock In Rio 4 – September 25th, 2011

Iron Fist
Stay Clean
Get Back In Line
Over the Top
One Night Stand
I Know How to Die
The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
In the Name of Tragedy
Going to Brazil
Killed by Death
Ace of Spades

Scorpions: Herman Rarebell Talks New Autobiography "And Speaking of Scorpions..."

The French Scorpions fan club Crazyscorps recently conducted an interview with the band's former drummer, Herman Rarebell. During the chat, Rarebell spoke about his new autobiography entitled "And Speaking Of Scorpions…", his chaotic beginnings with the band, the state of the world and his regrets as an absent father. You can now listen to the interview in three parts below.

"And Speaking of Scorpions..." is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall. A press/media tour will take place in late October through early November to coincide with the book's release.

Commented Herman: "This is the all-too true story of one of the greatest rock and roll bands of the 1980s. But unlike so many autobiographies written these days, I decided to write it for you the fans. No, not just the fans in North America as it's already being portrayed in the media because of the fact, I suspect, it's written in English. It is written for all of our fans everywhere in the known world!!! And since it is for you, rather than focus on all the ordinary array of things such offerings tend to make so predominant, once you open this book be prepared to have the most fun you can legally have anywhere in the literary world while you immerse yourself in the story of the Scorpions. It is my gift to you to say thank you for all you have given to me."
Shrewdly concealed within this autobiography is not only what can be considered the quintessential, definitive history of arguably the greatest band of their era, but also a masterful weaving of some of the most entertaining wit, whimsy and sage wisdom ever shared within the covers of a simple book. Sure to be considered a masterpiece by those who have a love of tongue in cheek irony and satire, not to mention great storytelling, it raises the bar for such offerings to a decidedly new level. With his endless anecdotes and tales, Herman draws the lines that led to the group's ascension to the "Mount Olympus of rock music," while his co-writer, Michael Krikorian, clearly lends his assistance to color them in, providing more hues and tones than Crayola ever put in a box of crayons. Together, they set a table and serve up a banquet of sarcasm and memories truly fit for a king! (The King of Monaco to be precise.) There are no sacred cherubs spared from the harpoon of a master yarn-spinner, as the puns, innuendo and endless wordplay are meant to entertain and lampoon much of the history not only of an incredible band but also of a generation. Though having none of the calories but plenty of the guilt, the frankness and honesty expressed upon each sinfully delicious page will never spoil your appetite but will only leave you yearning for more.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chickenfoot: "III" Streaming on Spotify

Chickenfoot's brand new album, "Chickenfoot III", is available for streaming in its entirety on Spotify. Due on September 27th via eOne Music in North America , "Chickenfoot III" was produced byMike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica) and is the much-anticipated follow-up album to the successful eponymous debut of a rock band packed with successful veterans - guitar hero Joe Satriani, drummer Chad Smith, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar. 

Chickenfoot – III

"I am very proud of the new album," says lead singer Hagar.

"We're calling the album 'Chickenfoot III' because it's so good, the songs are so tight, it's like we jumped right past having to make a second record." He adds, "We've established a real trust, Joe and I, we truly bring out the best in one another, and that spreads to the whole band."

"Chickenfoot III" features 10 tracks with so many moments of epiphany that one can barely take them all in on first listen. Colossal, stadium-shaking riffs abound on earth-movers such as "Alright, Alright", "Last Temptation", "Bigfoot" and "Lighten Up".

Tradition meets innovation on the Nashville pop-tinged "Different Devil", the Delta-blues flavored "Something Going Wrong" and the aching rock ballad "Come Closer".

DIO: "Sacred Heart" 2CD Deluxe Edition Out in November

According to, Universal has set a November 16th Japanese release date for the deluxe edition of DIO's 1985 album, "Sacred Heart". The reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players) and cardboard sleeve jacket. It includes a bonus disc with live tracks, B-sides and more and is part of a two-albumDIO SHM-CD cardboard sleeve reissue series featuring albums "The Last In Line" and "Sacred Heart".

"Sacred Heart" Deluxe Edition track listing:

Disc 1:

01. King Of Rock And Roll
02. Sacred Heart
03. Another Lie
04. Rock 'N' Roll Children
05. Hungry For Heaven
06. Like The Beat Of The Heart
07. Just Another Day
08. Fallen Angels
09. Shoot Shoot

Disc 2:

Bonus Tracks

01. Hide In The Rainbow (EP)
02. We Rock (Live B-Side)
03. Last In Line (Live B-Side)
04. Like The Beat Of A Heart (Live B-Side)

Intermission (Live At The Sports Arena in San Diego, CA on December 6, 1985)

05. King Of Rock N Roll
06. Rainbow In The Dark
07. Sacred Heart
08. Rock 'N' Roll Children
09. Long Live Rock N Roll
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
11. We Rock 

Metallica: "Rock in Rio 2011"; Entire 130 Min Show Posted Online

Professionally filmed video footage of Metallica's September 25, 2011 performance at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil can be seen below.

The band's setlist was as follows:

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom the Bell Tolls
03. Fuel
04. Ride the Lightning
05. Fade to Black
06. Cyanide
07. All Nightmare Long
08. Sad But True
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. Orion
11. One
12. Master of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman


16. Am I Evil?
17. Whiplash
18. Seek & Destroy

Dream Theater: New Video Interview With John Petrucci

On September 25, Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants Dream Theater at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch the 19-minute chat below.

"A Dramatic Turn Of Events" sold 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, 2009's "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", opened with 40,000 units to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. This was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, "Systematic Chaos", which shifted 36,000 copies in 2007 to enter the chart at No. 19. 2005's "Octavarium"premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Metallica: Acoustic Performance Of "Disposable Heroes" Featured On "Bridge School" CD/DVD

Metallica's special acoustic performance of the song "Disposable Heroes" - recorded in October 2007 at the 21st annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California - will be included on Warner Bros. Records' compilation CD and DVD sets ofNeil Young's fabled benefit concerts for the Bridge School for children with severe speech and physical impairments.

Due on October 24, 
"The Bridge School Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition" will feature additional contributions from The WhoBruce Springsteen,Paul McCartneyR.E.M., Pearl Jam, Elton John and many more.

Check out a trailer featuring some of the musical highlights below.
Metallica took part in the Bridge School Benefit concerts twice - in 1997 and in 2007.

Bridge School, which was co-founded by Young's wife Pegi, works to help people with physical and speech impairments through alternate methods of communication, including music therapy. Each year, Young
, who has two handicapped sons, gathers a cross-section of performers to perform acoustically to benefit the school.

For more information, visit

"On the Road"

If you like the idea of watching a TV show celebrating the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, then you’ll wanna know about a new online series, starting on Monday, September 26th.

Called "On The Road", this takes a look at the crazy guys behind the scenes who make the tours happen – the road crew! It’s co-presented by Jesse Hughes from The Eagles Of Death Metal and Tim Harrington on Les Savy Fav; each will present six episodes. It’s co-produced by Vice magazine with Marshall Headphones.

Iron Maiden: 30 Years Since Bruce Dickinson Joined Today

Steve Harris had almost sorted it out. Six years after he formed Iron Maiden, whose name was inspired by a film adaptation of «The Man in the Iron Mask», Harris was still looking for that final piece to the puzzle. Having gone through three singers, twelve guitarists (of which, two remained), four drummers (of which, one remained) and a keyboard player, the bassist-songwriter-bandleader had almost dialed up the perfect combination. But he still needed a frontman.

When Iron Maiden signed to a major label in December 1979, it seemed like they were just about there. The line-up of Harris, guitarist Dave Murray, second guitarist Dennis Stratton, drummer Clive Burr and singer Paul Di’Anno was a pretty fearsome group. Stratton and Murray provided a complementing, give-and-take twin-guitar attack. Burr was a more-than-solid drummer. Harris was quickly developing into the best bassist in heavy metal. And Di’Anno…well, Di’Anno was something else.

Paul Di’Anno was not your prototypical singer. His voice was raspy and harsh, though he could fire off a top-shelf scream when necessary. But Rob Halford he was not. Di’Anno, though, brought a toughness to a band that was built for menace. In songs like “Phantom of the Opera” and “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” you get the feeling you’re hearing the story from the killer himself.

Di’Anno sang on the band’s first two albums, «Iron Maiden» and «Killers», and on the live EP, «Maiden Japan». And the band met with some early success. Their 1980 self-titled debut went to #4 in the U.K. charts. The follow-up, 1981’s «Killers», only made it as far as #12, but helped to break the band in America. It was on the Killers tour where the group first ventured to the States, but the tour would also prove to be the end of the Di’Anno era.

The band, which now included guitarist Adrian Smith (after Stratton’s dismissal), were growing more and more frustrated with their singer. His voice couldn’t hold up to extensive touring or long shows. More to the point, the band found his behavior erratic and detrimental, which they attributed to cocaine and alcohol abuse (a charge Di’Anno vehemently denies). Regardless, on the verge of making it big, the band decided to jettison Di’Anno in favor of a singer more suited for the road and the rigors of playing with Maiden.

Bruce Dickinson was just the man for the job. The former Samson frontman (known as “Bruce Bruce” in those heady days) had just parted ways with his old band, amid a cascade of management and record label problems. Dickinson was a hilarious ball of energy, and he had no patience for guys who were content to squander their opportunities by getting high. He’d had enough of that in Samson. And while he wasn’t a military starch-shirt like his dad, he did have a drive to succeed.

Dickinson auditioned for Iron Maiden in September 1981 and immediately got the job (on this very day in 1981). His powerful voice was well suited for the material the band was cooking up for their next release. Though Dickinson was contractually forbidden to take part in the songwriting for the new album (because of his old Samson deal), he nevertheless offered a “moral contribution.” And that next album would, indeed, propel Maiden and Dickinson to the top of the metal world. «The Number of the Beast» went to #1 in the U.K. and was the first Iron Maiden album to chart in the U.S., going to #33.

Though the band would have a handful of other line-up changes in subsequent years, this was the one that had the most lasting impact. When “Bruce Bruce” met Eddie and friends, a monster was born.

KISS: Tour Books in PDF Available Part II

KissFAQ has been working on a project to convert the tour book archive to PDF format since many of the scans currently in use were low-res. The second batch have been completed and include:
Unmasked UK Tour, 1980 (13MB)
10th Anniversary Tour, 1982/3 (9MB)
Animalize, 1984/5 (Bruce Version) (14MB)
Asylum, 1985/6 (13MB)
Alive Worldwide Japan, 1997 (17MB)
KISS Symphony, 2003 (12MB)
World Domination, 2003/4 (15MB)

ARE NOT full-scale reproductions since that could cause problems... Scans were done at 75% of original on a 11x17" flatbed, and then rescaled into a 6x9" page-size. And yes, there will be further additions. Check the tour book archive at:

Get the first batch on this location.